Challenge Frequently Asked Questions
Points are run once per day just after midnight EST (12:30 AM EST) and will be reflected after that point. Therefore, it is possible to enter scores at the end of the day on the west coast after points for the day have already run. Don't worry they will be updated the following day. Also, performance points won't run until after the affiliate validation deadline passes. See the calendar for all important dates.
To see all the latest challenge announcements and exclusive articles written especially for Challenge competitors, be sure to check out the blog. The latest few articles will be on your dashboard when you log in. You can see all of the articles by clicking on 'Articles & Tips' at the top of the page.
Your workout has been validated. Workouts that are unvalidated will show up on the leaderboard but will not count towards points or be included in ranking until it is validated.
The team transformation scoring will take the average of all athlete scores after low score drops for each point category. Your other scores may help your team in one of the other categories, while measurement improvement and weight improvement scores could be dropped depending on how it all shakes down for your team.
Additionally, team performance scoring is calculated by totaling the top 5 men's and top 5 women's scores for performance throughout the Challenge.
You can complete of the each of the benchmark test WOD(s) at whatever level you choose. Then, at the end of the Challenge you must perform the benchmark retest of each WOD at the same level you did it in the first go around. This will give a statistical comparison for improvement, thus creating improvement rankings resulting in being rewarded improvement points.
Weekly WOD that are not for benchmark testing can all be completed at any level independent of each other or of the benchmark WODs.

We have all the WODs set and scheduled. You won't have to worry about making anything up. They have to be standardized across the board in order to create a fair scoring system.

Affiliate Owners: we will provide a WOD Preview to affiliate owners 6 days before the Challenge start on September 14th, 2015, so you can incorporate them into your programming. The preview will give you the movements, workout format, time domain, and details for all 3 skill levels. We give you everything you need to know in order to prepare but leave the exact details out to keep it interesting.

Athletes: Sundays at 5 PM EST each week, the official workout release will be made in the Challenge blog. You will see the movement videos, standards, and printable scorecards.

Entry Fees are non-refundable, as a portion of each registration is donated to charity.
You will be eligible for all perfomance prizes if you video submit all of your workouts. You will need a registered affiliate to validate your body measurements and weight in order to be eligible for the individual grand prizes.

Each workout performed during the challenge will be full workouts just like previous challenges with the exception of the Resolution Challenge. Every workout will be a full competition style WOD to be completed at your affiliate. All of the programming has been done by Neal Maddox, so look forward to some fun!

We found that the concept of the mini-wod in the Resolution Challenge was not favorable amongst competitors. We take all concerns into great consideration, and have decided to change up them up :) We are very confident that you will enjoy the workouts throughout this Challenge!

Lifestyle Marker Points

During the Challenge participants will be answering 6 basic lifestyle questions for each week of the Challenge. These questions are designed to focus one’s energy on key components of their lifestyle to create the greatest possible transformation over the 7 weeks of the Challenge.

Participants have 5 full days to enter the Lifestyle Markers for a given week. For example, your Lifestyle Markers for Week 1 will open for submission on Sunday (end of the week at 5 PM EST) must be entered by Friday at 11:59 PM EST. Once the deadline has passed the Lifestyle Marker entry will no longer be accessible on the participant’s Challenge platform, so please don’t miss any deadlines.

The six Lifestyle Markers will have the option of answering True or False. If a participant is compliant and answers True to the question is will count as (+5) points and if the answer is False it is still (+1) point. A participant must answer all 6 questions for any of the daily answers to be recorded in the system or count for points. The six record items are as follows:

  1. I exercised at least 4 times this week: True | False
  2. I ate at least 3 servings of vegetables everyday: True | False
  3. I stretched or worked on mobility 4 times this week: True |False
  4. I had 6-8 hours of sleep at least 5 times this week: True | False
  5. I drank at least 64 ounces of water every day this week: True | False
  6. I tried at least one new recipe this week: True | False

For complete details and qualifying criteria and examples please see the Official Rules page.
If you are a US citizen you can participate remotely from anywhere. Only US affiliates are qualified to be official teams and validators. However, if your affiliate has an AA, AE, or AP address the affiliate is qualified to register as a team and may validate their members' scores, measurements, and weights. When registering you will need to write in the name of the affiliate and use the AA AE or AP designations as the Gym State.
The challenge begins September 14th, 2015 at 12:00 AM EDT and ends November 1st, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.
To view specifics about the Challenge, including a calendar, complete rules, prizes, sponsors and FAQs, click the 'Challenge Details' link in the top navigation bar.
The Lurong Living Championship 2015 combines diet, fitness, and accountability for the CrossFit community. Our online platform is a proven system for improving body composition and performance. The Challenge gives you and your affiliate the structure, technology, motivation, education, competition, and accountability to see real and quantifiable results. Compete as an individual, and as an affiliate team against CrossFitters Nationwide and watch your goals turn into the new you.
The Challenge creates a competitive and supportive environment that fosters accountability, determination, focus, self-awareness, community, and results.

During the 7 week Challenge you will be earning points through tracking your diet, performing Benchmark WODS, tracking personal goals, trying new recipes, and ultimately making improvements in your body measurements, weight, and performance. Athletes will record their results in the Challenge system. Affiliates will judge the Benchmark WODS according to our standards, and validating the entries in the Challenge system.

Affiliates will also take before and after body measurements and weight which will be recorded and validated in the system. Throughout the challenge athletes will be tracking how healthy their daily diet is for each of the 6 time periods. The diet consist of 3 levels (Starter, Pro, Elite) and you be responsible for entering which diet level you fall under (or a Cheat) for each meal.

The WODS all have 3 Skill levels so you are sure to have an option that will be appropriate for you. This will challenge you to go farther, push harder, and dig deeper. It doesn't matter if you have any experience with the dieting or not. We will provide you with educational articles, nutritional tips, and recipes to help you establish a new lifestyle.

Yes. See Official Rules for more information. We have 2 benchmark workouts which will be completed by everyone in the challenge. Each of the workouts will have 3 Levels of Difficulty to choose from: Level III, Level II, or Level I. Level III (L3) is the most physically demanding and Level I (L1) is the least.

The standards must be followed in order to create an accurate comparison both for your own improvement and for comparison to the entire challenge population. Here is the basic Schedule for the Challenge:

  1. Challenge starts September 14th, 2015. The Challenge will last seven (7) weeks and is broken down into 3 Phases.
  2. Phase 1 occurs during the first 2 weeks of the Challenge and will require Participants to complete 1 benchmark WOD per week along with recording their Body Measurements and weight. Starting from the 1st day of the Challenge, Daily Diet Compliance will be open for submission and athletes will be responsible for tracking their lifestyle markers.
  3. Phase 2 consists of the three (3) weeks in the middle of the Challenge, each week with a new WOD. All along the way there is diet tracking, goal setting, answering the lifestyle markers, submitting new recipes, and any other open and uncompleted requirements. Workouts may be done on your own or with video submission.
  4. Phase 3 is the last 2 weeks of the Challenge. During this phase Participants will be completing 1 bench mark WOD per week along with retaking Body Measurements, submitting reflections, tracking goals, diet, and any other open items.
  5. Challenge Ends [[CHALLENGEDATEEND1].
Performance prizes are awarded to the top performers in each division nd skill level. (6 divisions and 3 skill levels for a total of 18 winners per WOD). You must also submit a video for prize validation.
All videos are subject to review and final score adjustments by the Challenge Team.
The quick answer is that you only get points for tracking up to 5 goals, so we only remind you up to 5. Anything over 5 goals is for your personal benefit. However, we recommend that you keep your goal list within the 5-8 range so that you can focus more energy on each one of your goals.
If you have already tracked your progress for 5 goals you will no longer see a reminder in the "open items" section. You may still track additional goals be accessing that page through the top navigation bar called "Enter Results".
During the Challenge you have the opportunity to earn bonus points. Starting in week 2 of the Challenge you will submit recipes you have tried during the Challenge. You will also see the Recipe Challenge in the Open Items section. You will receive 20 points for the first 5 new recipes you have tried and entered during the challenge (up to 100 points possible). During the last two weeks of the Challenge you may also enter your written reflection for 20 bonus points and upload your video reflection for 30 bonus points. Enter and track up to 5 primary goals for 20 points each (up to 100 points). So have fun and rack up those points.
Each participant must have their affiliate owner or level 1 certified CF trainer register the affiliate in order for validation to be possible. The owner/trainer must judge all workouts and take the body measurements and weight. The owner/trainer will then be responsible for logging into their affiliate account to validate the contestants' WOD Scores/Times, body measurements and weight. The affiliate owner/trainer is not responsible for entering the data as this will be done by the contestant on their dashboard.
Up to 2 affiliate validators are allowed to register for each team.
First off, don't write yourself off yet. Stay disciplined, work hard, and watch how far you will come in just 7 weeks. You might just surprise yourself with all the prizes that are available. Check out all ways there are to earn prizes here! Even if you don't win any of the big prizes or performance prizes there are still plenty of benefits for you to take advantage of. You are getting our 7 week in-depth meal plan with shopping lists and bonus recipe book. In addition, you have exclusive access to nutritional advice and tips, our community forum, and catalog of recipes. Just wait until you experience the power of our online platform which gives you structure, education, tracking, nationwide leader board, and the tools you need to reach your goals. We know you won't be disappointed.
We are sad to say, NO. In fact, we encourage participation in the CrossFit Kids program. However, for this challenge we are not able to have minors participate. We won't get into the legal reasons, but please know that if we could have included teenagers we would have. Every consideration was made to ensure a safe, healthy, and successful experience for everyone. However, over the years we know that entire households experience transformations when mom and dad change their habits. Parents we encourage you to be an example, not of perfection but of the pursuit of excellence. Your children will thank you.
Anyone with a computer or device with internet access and the desire to improve the quality of their life can join the Challenge. Unfortunately, with a competition on this scale, our legal team forced us to keep everything as standardized as possible, so we are only allowed to let official CrossFit Affiliates register as a team. If you'd like to sign up as an individual competitor, we'd love to have you. Please note that, you'll be able to follow along and win performance prizes with video submission. In fact, this happens all the time.
You will still be able to complete all the elements of the challenge and track your progress. But, without being under a registered affiliate, validation for body measurements and weight can't be properly authorized. Therefore, those scores can't reflect in your overall final score to win prizes. Please accept our apology, as we are not supporting an elitist mentality, rather we are trying to run the best event possible within the confines we are allowed.
We regularly update our database of affiliates, but as you know CrossFit is growing quickly so there are some affiliates that may not be listed. You can write in your Affiliate name in order to complete your registration. We will see your submission and can then add your affiliate to the drop down. You can also email us challenge@lurongliving.com.

We created 3 levels for each workout to best provide an appropriate challenge and test for CrossFitters of all backgrounds. Just because someone doesn't complete any workouts at Level 3 doesn't mean they can or won't win prizes. Statistically more athlete will complete each WOD at Level 2 or Level 1 than Level 3. In fact, there are performance prizes available for all 3 skill levels.

Therefore, the Challenge Team is not labeling any workout as RX (Prescribed) or scaled. As our goal is to provide Challenges and opportunities for all Participants, and we don't want the name of the level of a workout to affect how a participant looks at the workout. Push yourself, challenge yourself, and don't put yourself in a box defined by a label.

Consult with your level 1 certified trainer or owner to see if you are capable, healthy, and experienced enough to complete your preferred level. We encourage you to push yourself, but do so with caution. Remember, there are many ways to earn points in this Challenge. No points are worth an injury. If you are not certain you can finish a WOD at a higher level you may choose to try your best. If for some reason you do not or are not able finish the WOD with a final score that you like, you may then complete the WOD at a lower level and record that score on your Challenge Platform.

Unfortunately, the Lurong Living Championship 2015 is limited to US citizens at this time. However, due to the incredible international support we have been getting, we are compelled to make this possible in the future. 2016 is our target to make this happen. Stay tuned into our social media and website for the big announcement.
However, military affiliates with an APO/FPO address may register and their members who are US citizens are eligible to register.
Yes, you are eligible to compete in the challenge even if you are the only one participating. You will still have to get your affiliate to register in order to validate your scores, and body measurements to be eligible for the main prizes.
You can also register with out an affiliate but without official validation you can only follow along. However, performance prizes can still be award with video submission.
Make sure to to give this link to your affiliate owner so they can register for free.

http://challengeseries.lurongliving.com/champ15/register-gym
On the calendar EDT stands for Eastern Daylight Time. That is the same as Eastern Time. All times in this challenge will go off of EDT/EST

We developed the Lurong Living Championship 2015 to be a service to affiliate owners. Our goal is to create the platform, structure, and motivation to unify your members without being a burden on you. There are still a few things you will have to do. First, register your affiliate at no cost. Next, spread the word to your clients so you can get as many people registered as possible. When you register we will provide you with a special link full of tools and resources you can use to promote the Challenge at your box.

Registered affiliates are responsible for taking body measurements and validating both measurements, weight, and WOD scores. All validation will be done simply through your affiliate account created at registration. This allows you to focus on doing what you do best: coaching, inspiring, encouraging, and motivating your clients. AND you can register yourself as a competitor just like your clients.

If you are an affiliate owner make sure to check out our affiliate program.

The early discount price for registration can be as low as $29.95. Discounted pricing ends August 17th, 2015 at 12:00 AM EDT. Regular pricing starts at $44.95 depending on what options you select during registration.
Short answer: each Challenge lives on a different website. You will register for the Lurong Living Championship 2015 here.
If you participated in a previous challenge and want to login to review your past results click here for the Resolution Challenge or the Summertime Challenge.
No. One of the primary goals of the challenge is to encourages you to eat whole foods. Whole foods have complex nutritional composition are always your best food source. We have not found any meal replacement shakes which contain zero artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugar (natural or artificial), or any other banned ingredients. There is no man made product that can take the place of natural food. Therefore, stick with whole foods during the challenge, so you can learn and practice living healthy.
If you don't eat during one of the six periods of the day then there is no cheat. The time periods are Breakfast, Morning, Lunch, Afternoon, Dinner, and Evening. If you only eat 3 times per day with no snack and didn't cheat during those meals than you have a perfect score for the day.

Ibuprofen and prescriptions medications are allowed during the challenge. Please do not make any changes to your prescription drugs or other doctor recommendations without first discussing with your doctor.

Have you tried taking Lurong Living Essential? We ask because Essential (velvet antler) is a natural anti-inflammatory. Most people find that they no longer need to take pain medications once they get Lurong Living Essential in their system for 30 days. In addition, it also provides other positive benefits to your health including decreased soreness, improved joint mobility, decreased joint discomfort, improved energy levels, and more. For more product information visit our website http://www.lurongliving.com/what-is-lurong.

Take advantage of our special offer during the registration process. And if you have already registered and wish you had taken andvantage of the deal let us know you want your Lurong Living Essential now. Use the contact us form.

For the Elite level, ghee, unsweetened almond milk, or unsweetened coconut milk are great substitute. No dairy or sugar. We are allowing up to 1 total tbsp. daily of natural sweeteners such as agave, pure maple syrup, or coconut nectar or 1 pack (3.5 grams) of Stevia per day is allowable. Finally, you can use ghee and use a blender to make a rich texture. For Pro or Starter, you can add dairy and approved natural sweeteners, but you may not use sugar or artificial sugar.

In general, we recommend that athletes fulfill their nutritional needs from whole foods. However there are exceptions that we encourage athletes to take either as an insurance policy or to provide nutrients that are not available or not easily available in even the healthiest of diet. Some supplement recommendations include a multi-vitamin, fish oil, Lurong Living Essential, etc. We also have specific rules for protein supplementation.

Protein Shake Supplementation-

  • Elite-1 serving of your choice of Protein Powder supplementation if it is taken within 30 minutes post- workout. It cannot be used as a meal replacement or used in any manner other than as a post WOD Protein Supplement. A pure egg white or hemp protein with no added sugar or other banned items would not be held to the same limitation. The allowance does provide the ability to have 1 whey protein supplement even if it is sweetened with sugar or other unapproved sweetener.
  • Pro and Starter- Athletes may have one protein supplement that contains whey or sweeteners per workout they perform. This allows athletes who are either training with multiple sessions per day or participating in a competition to use extra protein supplementation. It may not be used as a meal replacement.
  • Note: if you are using an egg white or beef protein powder without other banned ingredients, it is not restricted the same as whey proteins.

Another key is to make sure that other supplements don't have any added sugar, artificial, sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial colors.

Make sure to consult the Official Rules for more information.

There are two different types of moderation foods in the Challenge: moderation in general, and specific moderation. Moderation in general means that it is not a cheat for the challenge, but we encourage it to be used in moderation so that you experience the best results at the end of the Challenge. For example, almonds and other nuts are in moderation because they are high in fat. Specific moderation items have a quantifiable limit and rule allowing it to not be classified as a cheat. For example, red wine is in moderation specifically with the guideline of 6 oz with dinner. If you go over a specific limit with this type of item then it would become a cheat.
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